You know what I love? Being on the road and having a complete DESERT of food options available to me. Oh wait, no, nevermind. I don’t actually love that, I hate it.
I mean, there’s always McDonalds. Wendys. Hardees. Burger King. KFC. Captain D’s. (Do those even still exist?) Oooh, or the lovely selection offered in the vending machine at your local rest stop! Always some gems there.
I mean really, how do these places still exist anymore? People are so ignorant. You’re eating garbage! Like, literally, garbage. Chemicals. Things that are NOT FOOD. McDonalds french fries have 19 ingredients. Not a typo–19! Potatoes, oil, salt….I’m at 3 and I’m stuck. Here’s the complete list from NDTV Food:
Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative], Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. Prepared in Vegetable Oil: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. Contains: Wheat and Milk. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.
Um, gross. And you put “beef flavor” in your fries? Nasty. If I want “beef flavor,” I will eat….well, beef. Not to mention your *potatoes* now contain gluten and dairy. Swell.
Anyway. Where was I? I get so soapboxy when it comes to crappy food, I forget what I was talking about. Right. Traveling and eating.
Once, when my husband moved to MS for 4 months, I drove 11 hours to go visit him, and I didn’t eat anything on the car ride that I didn’t bring with me. I even ate a salad with a fork out of my lap while driving (not recommended, for anyone wondering.)
But the point of the story is, you CAN do it. You don’t have to be subject to fast food or crappy food, you just have to plan ahead a bit. A lot of the time on road trips, I will find a Jimmy John’s along the way, and pre-order Unwiches for us, which are their sandwiches wrapped in lettuce instead of bread. Are all their ingredients organic and conflict-free? No, but it’s still a better option than good ol’ Mickey D’s 19-ingredient french fries. You can have them wrap some meat and veggies up in some lettuce, leave off the soybean oil mayo, and add some mustard, and you’re paleo to go! Plus, it’s easy to eat while driving.
So, I’ve pretty much got the cooler-in-the-trunk-full-of-paleo-snacks down to a science for the road trips. But I have a new challenge placed in front of me–we are flying to Hawaii. From SC. We leave at 8:45am our time, and get there at 8:50pm their time, and there’s a 5 hour time difference. So that makes the total travel time, what, 17 hours? I need to plan enough snacks to get us through this trip that are also airport security-friendly.
Here’s what I’m packing:
hard boiled eggs
baked sweet potatoes
homemade cashew hummus with red pepper strips for dipping
Trader Joe’s Apple Carrot Fruit Sauce Crushers (Because, yes, apparently I am 5 years old.)
Trader Joe’s marinated olives
homemade beef jerky (thanks, husband!)
Trader Joe’s plantain chips
Trader Joe’s dark chocolate Nutty Bits
Trader Joe’s has become a great option in the way of Paleo groceries. Granted, there’s still a lot of junk there, and a lot of stuff with way too many ingredients, but as long as you read your labels, there’s some good finds!
I’ll let you know once we’ve made the trip how it went, and which things were successes or failures! A lot of these are my regular road-trip snacks, but I’ll be interested to see how they hold up on a 17 hour flight, and how long all of this stuff lasts us. Wish us luck!